July 15, 2006

Alvarez commits to Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech's senior camp last week is paying huge dividends in the number of recruits committing to the school and the success continues today with a verbal from one of the biggest commitments of the recruiting season to date. The Hokies landed Woodbridge, Va., C.D. Hylton offensive tackle William Alvarez. The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder gave a verbal pledge to Tech over offers from Tennessee, Florida, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Penn State and more.

"I actually just committed to Virginia Tech," he said. "I'm still on a visit here hanging out with my parents. I came down earlier today with them because I really wanted them to see what Virginia Tech is all about. We went into coach Beamer's office a bit ago and I turned to my mom and told her I want to say it and both of my parents told me to go ahead.

"Then I turned to coach Foster and told him I have an early birthday present for him since his birthday is in a couple weeks. That's when I told him I was committing. After I did, both coach Foster and Beamer jumped for joy and were really excited and congratulated me."

What made Alvarez pick the Hokies in the end?

"There are a lot of reasons," he said. "Of course they are in-state which is something just about all the other schools didn't have. They also have a great staff, wonderful players and I like the rural location. It's great. They have a tremendous tradition of winning and Frank Beamer is a great head coach."

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